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Jean Baptiste Francois Pierre Bulliard, France, (1742–September 1793)
Champignon de la France: Pl. 256, L'Agaric tubéreux, c. 1790
Ink on paper
9 in. x 6 3/4 in. (22.86 cm x 17.15 cm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Engraving
Creation Place: Europe, France
Credit Line: Scripps College, Claremont, CA
Accession Number: 2009.8.3


Object Description
Botanical study of the tuberoid agaric (Agaricus tuberosus).

Translation of text: "This mushroom, one of the most interesting that we have in France, is found in the forests during autumn. There, it is common and only grows on other rotten mushrooms. I found it on different species of agarics and on boletes… First, it presents itself in the form of a little grain, ABC. Plunged without apparent order upon the different parts of the mushroom on which it was born, this species of grain reaches a large size, C... Then we see it grow and stretch out at one or multiple points. Then one or multiple threads surmount from a little bump, reaching a diameter of 8 or 9 lines at most and forms the cap of an agaric that has whole leaves/gills that are very distinct, half gills, parts of gills...

This mushroom is represented in all of its stages of development... We see a vertical cut of it in Figure H. Its tuber is solid and has the taste of Scorsonnere."

(translated by Wendy Henry, CMC '09, Getty Summer MUI Intern 2009)

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